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“Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated”
– Arnold Palmer
I recently went to a driving range in West London with a friend, Inna, to practice my golf swing. Admittedly, golf does not come naturally to me, but nonetheless, I enjoyed the experience and reinforced a couple of simple beliefs:
1) Frustration is a wasted emotion – Becoming frustrated and impatient will not make you a better golfer; taking your time will. By not rushing and applying more focus, you will notice you take better shots. Patience is truly a virtue, it makes you more peaceful and in some strange way, you can then begin to enjoy the moments which frustrate you and thus hone your golf skills.
2) Life is a test – Golf practice is a great time to exercise humility. It doesn’t matter if you’re not very good, the mere fact that you’re doing something different, learning and having fun should be a good enough reason to turn up.
Richard Carlson once wrote:
“Life is a test. It is only a test. Had this been a real life you would have been instructed where to go and what to do.” Whenever I think of this humorous bit of wisdom, it reminds me to not take my life so seriously.
When you look at life and its many challenges as a test, or series of tests, you begin to see each issue you face as an opportunity to grow, a chance to roll with the punches. Whether you’re being bombarded with problems, responsibilities, even insurmountable hurdles, when looked at as a test, you always have a chance to succeed, in the sense of rising above that which is challenging you. If, on the other hand, you see each new issue you face as a serious battle that must be won in order to survive, you’re probably in for a very rocky journey. The only time you’re likely to be happy is when everything is working out just right. And we all know how often that happens.”
Inna working on her golf swing: